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Continuing Education and Training for Health Professionals

Despite their high health risks, men generally lack routine health care. So when health professionals do see male patients, they need to make the most out of these contacts. Recognizing the special needs and risks of males — and understanding how “manhood” shapes men’s attitudes toward health and illness — is critical. The Men’s Health Training Series, continuing education and training designed exclusively for health professionals and provided nationwide, offers this and much more.

The Men’s Health Training Series is based on Will Courtenay’s extensive work and research in the field of men’s health. Health care professionals participating in the Men’s Health Training Series will be able to identify men’s high-risk behavior, use effective intervention and patient education methods, and maximize their overall effectiveness when treating men. Participants will learn how to apply the 6-Point Plan to Improve Mens Health.

Behavioral and psychosocial factors are critical considerations when treating men because men’s greatest risks and health care costs are largely preventable — and are powerfully influenced by men’s attitudes about manhood. Practice guidelines, however, often fail to address these factors. Based on the latest research, Will Courtenay has developed the 6-Point Plan, the only evidence-based practice guideline specifically for treating men that integrates behavioral and psychosocial research with recognized quidelines. Practical and easily applied, this cost-effective approach is indispensable for health care professionals and educators alike.

What Participants Will Learn

Diseases and injuries that account for men’s higher death rates.

10 specific attitudes and behaviors that are more common to men and increase their risk of disease and death.

Behavioral and psychosocial factors affecting the onset, progression, and management of men's injuries and diseases.

How masculinity and male socialization increase men’s health risks and reduces access to care.

Specific interventions designed to effectively reduce men’s risks and preventable health care costs.

How to break through the barriers — our patients’ and our own — that prevent behavioral change.

Effective communication tips for improving compliance and effectively talking with male patients.

Practical information for providing clinical preventive services and promoting men's health.

How to help men take greater responsibility for maintaining good health.

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